Redundant arrays of IDE drives

D. A. Sanders, L. M. Cremaldi, V. Eschenburg, C. N. Lawrence, C. Riley, D. J. Summers, D. L. Petravick

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The next generation of high-energy physics experiments is expected to gather prodigious amounts of data. New methods must be developed to handle this data and make analysis at universities possible. We examine some techniques that use recent developments in commodity hardware. We test redundant arrays of integrated drive electronics (IDE)disk drives for use in offline high-energy physics data analysis. IDE redundant array of inexpensive disks (RAID) arrays prices now equal the cost per terabyte of million dollar tape robots! The arrays can be scaled to sizes affordable to institutions without robots and used when fast random access at low cost is important. We also explore three methods of moving data between sites; internet transfers, hot pluggable IDE disks in FireWire cases, and writable digital video disks (DVD-R) disks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1834-1840
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Volume49 I
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Enhanced integrated drive electronics (EIDE)
  • FireWire
  • Redundant array of inexpensive disks (RAID)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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